in Venture county (Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village)
moved to Westlake Village in 2000 and then to Simi Valley in 2008. Both
of them are around 10-12 miles away and are in Ventura county in Californai.
I have enjoyed both towns and also neighbouring cities.
are few things I like about living here.
- Ventura county has nice landscapes- mountains, trees and lakes.
Many of the cities are on the Pacific shore or at most 20 mintues
away from nice beaches. Ventura county beaches are usually less crowded
than othe LAX beaches.
- The mountains around Simi Valley and Westlake offer great outdoor
and hiking opportunities. I have hiked on most of the trails here.
Look at the hiking group that I belong to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lahikers/
. We have explored Wildwood park
(Paradise Falls, Lezard Rock, Indian Cave, Santa Rosa Trail etc) in
Thousand Oaks, Rocky Peak-Hummingbird trail- Wildlife
Corridor trail in Simi valley, Paramount Ranch in Santa Monica
mountains, Simi Peak and China Flats in Westlake Village/ Oak Park,
Point Dume in Malibu, Sunset Blvd hills, Sand
stone peak and Grotto in Circle X ranch, Malibu Canyon State Park,
Cresto canyon, Cheseeboro canyon,
Hillcrest Open Space in
thousand Oaks, Grotto
, Boney Mountain etc. Have plans to visit Hollywood Mt hike
and some hikes in Channel Island National Park...
My two favorite hikes around Simi are Mt
McCoy and Rocky Peak.
- Here are some of my most favorite Picnic
Areas and Parks in Los Angeles and Ventura County
Another advantage of living in Thousand oaks area is you will find
all types of stores within few miles- Best Buy, OfficeMax, OfficeDepot,
Costco, Ralph's, Vons, Macy's, JC Penny, Staples,...Any store you
name it and you will find it.
- Camarillo which is 10 miles from Thousand Oaks has a large Outlet
Stores mall. This is not an ordinary outlet mall. This is a collection
of outlet stores of Premium brands and if you are planning to go there,
do not forget to get a discount voucher by visiting this
- Thousand Oaks is part of Conejo valley which has a very good school
district- Conejo Unified School
Distict. Simi Valley boasts of Vista Fundamental school which
has highest API the county.
- Also, there are planty of activities and organizations for school.
If you have a young kid, don't forget to enroll him/her in local basketball
activities- Conejo Youth Basketball
Association (CYBA), Game On Bastketball - Westlake village, Flag
Football or US renowned kid soccer AYSO league in Simi Valley.
- In April-May, don't forget to visit the Underwood Farm for fresh
Thinking of sharing something about Westlake Village, CA or Thousand
Oaks, CA? Send me an email..
those old days, Paymybills.com or something like that gave me 50$ for
trying their service. I tried their service and paid two utility bills
for free. Citifi gave me almost 175$ for opening bank accounts and trying
their services. They also gave me better than a CD rate on my money market
account. I guess they realized their cost sooner and shut off their operataion.
Though my current online bank Netbank
is also pretty good, I still miss Citifi.
Free ISPs used to give internet access for free. Some companies like alladvantage.com
or someone like that would even pay good money for displaying their ads.
Free web space was everywhere. I had my homepage on like 5/6 sites and
had a website even for my 6 year old son! XDrive would give you free hard
disk space on internet to store important information that can be easily
accessed from anywhere and also in case of disaster. The list is endless
and so are the regrets... I am still a big fan of Internet. I buy my air
travel tickets online from Priceline.com,
buy or sell most of the books and gadgets from site like eBay.
I also like MP Superstore for
great prices! This helps me save good deal of money. But nothing compares
like that free money...I hope those nice chaps at venture funds again
become generous and give money to those internet companies...)